Chapel celebrates play park launch

Peter Cox (managing director WREN), Coun Patrick Naughton, Bishop David Ross and Terry Bardell at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by John Crossland.
Peter Cox (managing director WREN), Coun Patrick Naughton, Bishop David Ross and Terry Bardell at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by John Crossland.

CHAPEL St Leonards Parish Council celebrated the formal opening of its long-awaited community play park earlier this month.

The play park, which is situated behind the village hall in Sea Road, cost £198,000 to install and was funded through a grant gifted by Waste Recycling and Environmental Ltd (WREN).

Construction started in August 2008 but quickly ran into difficulties necessitating the parish council to step in.

There also followed a drawn-out planning argument after the structure was found to breach the terms of its original permission.

This had threatened it with demolition, but it was eventually allowed to remain in place after the parish council won a planning appeal.

And the epic planning tussle was finally consigned to the history books recently when the village united to celebrate the formal opening of the facility by the Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Revd David Rossdale.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Patrick Naughton said: “The play park gives children and young people in Chapel St Leonards much needed and long awaited facilities for play and recreation,” he said.

The managing director of Waste Recycling and Environmental Ltd (WREN), Peter Cox also attended the ceremony and praised those involved.

“This was one of the more major projects that WREN has supported in the last few years,” he commented. “I am delighted that it has turned out right.

Before cutting the ribbon and declaring the play park open, Bishop Rossdale blessed the facility and Alford Silver Band performed a special fanfare composed by one of its members, Alec Taylor. Around 50 people attended, and were entertained by the Alford Silver Band afterwards.